Every day, our interdisciplinary team works to find new ways to detect and treat vascular conditions, from the most complex issues to more common conditions. Whether that’s finding new ways to repair aortic aneurysms without invasive surgery, or developing better treatments for varicose veins, we’re here to help.
Aortic aneurysms occur when arteries weaken and enlarge. If untreated, they can rupture without warning. Repairing these aneurysms once required open surgery in the chest or abdomen. But today, Stanford surgeons routinely perform endovascular aneurysm repairs (EVAR), a pioneering procedure developed at Stanford.
EVAR may be performed through small incisions in the legs or arm, rather than big incisions in the chest or abdomen. With the use of x-ray guidance and specially-designed instruments, surgeons can place small, specially designed covered metal stents inside the aorta and its major branch vessels, piecing them together to fit a patient’s individual anatomy. Using this minimally invasive method, complications, recovery time, and discomfort are all greatly reduced.
Stanford is one of the top aortic centers in the country, and does more aortic repairs than any other hospital in California.